Home Instead who support older people living in their own homes in and around the towns of Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk, recently featured on local radio Stray FM’s weekly Health & Wellbeing Show.
The Health & Wellbeing show is aired every Tuesday night between 7-8pm and features local organisations in the community who are focused on providing positive health and wellbeing for everyone.
Sheena and Andrew Van Parys, co- owners of Home Instead Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk have been asked by Stray FM to contribute regularly to the show.
As Home Instead were organising a number of events during Dementia Awareness Week (14th-20th May 2017), this was a good opportunity to raise awareness and talk about dementia on the local radio.
Beth Parsons and Chris Hart from Stray FM visited the Home Instead office in Ripley during Dementia Awareness Week to join a family and community education workshop. These workshops, which are free of charge, provide family and community carers with a better understanding of dementia, arming them with effective techniques for managing the many different, and sometimes challenging, behaviours associated with the condition.
Sheena Van Parys, co-owner of Home Instead, hosted the workshop and stated; ‘we offer these sessions to not only our clients and their families, but also to other members of the community who may benefit from learning more on dementia and about the techniques that could help when living with and supporting a loved one with dementia. We suggest effective techniques for managing the many different and sometimes challenging behaviours associated with dementia including refusal, delusions, aggression, false accusations, wandering and agitation.’
The workshops as well as offering helpful techniques to manage behaviours also offer techniques and advice to encourage the person living with dementia to continue to enjoy taking part in activities, whether they are mental, physical or social and to enable that person to continue to enjoy a good quality of life and to live well.
Beth Parsons from Stray FM spoke to some of those attending the workshop and who are touched in some way by dementia, either directly from a loved one or through someone in the community.
You can click the picture above to listen again to Beth’s interview at Home Instead during Dementia Awareness Week.